If you add planning your honeymoon to the stresses of planning a wedding, it can seem rather daunting! So, follow our top five tips on how to organise the ultimate romantic getaway and you can be sure your honeymoon will run smoothly.
1. What's your budget?
Your budget is the first thing you need to think about. After all, a two-week honeymoon in Europe is going to cost more than a week's rendezvous in Thailand (give or take). Think about how much you want to spend and be realistic about it (after paying for a wedding your bank balance might be looking a tad low). Once you've settled on your budget, it's time to start looking at locations...
2. Loved-up locations
Also, consider the time of year you will be travelling when planning your honeymoon. The weather has a profound effect on your experience so pay attention to seasonal trends. Your honeymoon can also be affected by peak tourism periods, so ensure you research your destination thoroughly before booking a honeymoon package.3. Travel considerations
The next step in planning your honeymoon is to figure out how long both partners will be able to take off from work. This will help determine how long your stay will be and help narrow your scope. If you’re thinking of travelling to multiple destinations ensure you have at least three days at each location. This allows time for you to settle in – nobody wants to be constantly unpacking, it's not very fun (or romantic).
4. When to book
Our top piece of advice? Book well in advance. It's the only way to ensure you won't miss out on the deluxe honeymoon suite at your preferred hotel or resort. And the earlier you book, the more likely it is that you will find cheaper flights. Another little hint is, when booking, mention it's for your honeymoon and they might surprise you with a free bottle of Champagne or a complimentary room upgrade (it's worth a try, right?).
5. Arranging travel requirementsAllow time for visas and passports to be processed. Also check all luggage requirements before you begin packing, this will prevent any unnecessary hold ups at the airport.
Lastly, don’t over schedule your first few days of the holiday. Allow some time for you both to unwind after the whirlwind of getting married, and the flights and jetlag. Spend the first couples of days unwinding, whether that be shopping, exploring or laying by the pool, and then get started on the sightseeing. Enjoy spending time with one another – your honeymoon is the perfect opportunity for alone time, so soak it up lovers!